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Diversity and Inclusion Hub: Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

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Introduction

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your sexual orientation. This includes all employers, no matter how few people they employ. Most workers, including employees, agency workers, trainees and those who are self-employed have protection from sexual orientation discrimination at work.

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Setting up an LGBT employee network group

Stonewall

LGBT employee network groups can transform the experiences of LGBT employees at work.

This guide will help you take the first steps to forming a network group, going through how to get support from your organisation, how to build your membership base, and more.

Read more here

Creating inclusive workplaces

Stonewall

Join hundreds of committed organisations who are unlocking the potential of their employees. Stonewalls flagship programme will help you create an LGBT-inclusive workplace.

Read more here

LGBT Equality at Work

TUC

The position of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people in Britain has been transformed beyond recognition in the course of a single generation. However, the problems that remain are substantial and trade unions, which have played a major part in winning the improvements gained in recent years, still have work to do.

Read more here

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10 Ways to Support LGBT Employees

Glassdoor

Over the last decade, organisations in all sectors have made huge strides in supporting LGBT employees and creating an inclusive workplace.

Data from Glassdoor shows one in three hiring decision makers anticipated increased investment in diversity and inclusion measures.

Read more here

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The Power Of Inclusive Workplaces

Stonewall

The best employers understand the need to take inclusivity seriously. They understand that staff should be able to bring their whole self to work. They understand inclusion drives better individual, business and organisational outcomes.

Read the case study here

Pride 2020: One Year of AllInforma Rainbow

Informa Markets

June 2020 marks one year since the founding and launch of AllInforma Rainbow, Informa’s internal network for colleagues who identify as LGBTQIA+ and allies.
The last year has seen Rainbow go from strength to strength, with champions in offices across the world.

Read the case study here

Proud Experiences Stands Up For Trans Rights 

Reed Exhibitions

As the organiser of LGBTQ-focused travel event PROUD Experiences, Reed Exhibitions has joined with over 130 organisations across the UK to stand up for trans equality.   

Read the case study here

UN LGBTI Standards Toolkit

Workplace pride

The Workplace Pride UN LGBTI Standards Toolkit are intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Workplace Pride provided support to the United Nations during their development and more than 270 companies around the world have now endorsed the UN LGBTI Standards.

View the toolkit here

Making It Real — Globally

EY

A practical guide for advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity and inclusion across global companies

Read the guide here

  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
    FESPA
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
    FESPA
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media

 

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